The Unforgettable Film Roles of Alan Rickman

The dearly departed star of the 'Harry Potter' movies leaves behind a legacy of classic films.

William Bibbianiby William Bibbiani

Movie lovers awoke to tragic news this morning, when we all discovered that Alan Rickman – the beloved star of Harry Potter and Die Hard – had passed away at the age of 69. His representatives confirmed to Hollywood Reporter that Rickman died last Thursday from cancer, surrounded by family and friends.

But thanks to his impressive and iconic career, Alan Rickman has legions of friends in the world who today mourn his passing. The silken-voiced thespian was one of the most reliable and enjoyable cinematic stars of the last 30 years, bringing wit and class to even the most mainstream of roles and knocking his serious dramatic performances out of the park every single time.

Younger film fans know Rickman best from his role as Severus Snape in the Harry Potter movies (and to be fair, he gives a marvelous performance in all eight of those blockbuster movies), but they may not be aware of his incredible stage career. His performance in Les Liaisons Dangereuses earned him a Tony Award nomination in 1987, and he was nominated again in 2002 for Noel Coward’s Private Lives. Rickman was also voted one of the sexiest movie stars in history by Empire magazine, and was mathematically determined to have one of the “perfect voices,” at least when combined with actor Jeremy Irons (who played Rickman’s brother in the Die Hard franchise).

The world mourns the loss of Alan Rickman, but as always we find ourselves turning to a great artist’s art for solace. In honor of the late actor, Crave now presents our choices for Alan Rickman’s most enduring motion picture performances. Rest in peace, Alan Rickman. 

The Unforgettable Film Roles of Alan Rickman:

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William Bibbiani (everyone calls him ‘Bibbs’) is Crave’s film content editor and critic. You can hear him every week on The B-Movies Podcast and watch him on the weekly YouTube series Most Craved and What the Flick. Follow his rantings on Twitter at @WilliamBibbiani.